The man who created box office magic with Avatar believes that 3D will actually replace 2D content and become the universal standard. Do you agree?
Cameron basically owes everything to 3D movies at this point. Avatar has made him rich beyond what anyone could have imagined, even more so than he was after Titanic.
So perhaps his opinion is a bit biased when he posts on a technology forum that "[3D] will replace 2D as the standard, mainstream format for film, television and online content in less than 25 years."
Some have compared the gap between HD and 3D to that of SD and HD, and in many respects that makes sense. After all, there's nothing that absolutely couldn't be filmed in 3D, and the point of the new technology is to add a greater sense of realism to the picture.
However, reception of 3D is already very polarized. Film critic Roger Ebert is really not a big fan and finds no value in 3D movies. Not to mention, there's a whole constituency of people out there who can't experience 3D at all because of vision problems.
Nonetheless, it would stand to reason that 3D won't go away. I think it's even more important in the video game sector than movies and TV content. And obviously you wouldn't have every single major TV manufacturer out there pouring in millions of dollars into the brand new TV medium if there wasn't a strong backing.
25 years, though, is a long time. It's difficult to say what will happen within that span.
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